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Art competition launched for autistic young people

Sam Fitzgerald.jpgEsther Witney.jpgIf you know or work with an autistic young person why not encourage them to enter the Create! Art for Autism 2012 competition, launching later today.

It’s open to any 11-25-year-old, from anywhere in the UK, who has been formally diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition, including Asperger’s syndrome. There are four main categories – 2D art, 3D art, digital art and poetry – and entries can be submitted from today until May 18. The finalists will be announced on June 12.

Alexander Fox Robinson.jpgNow in its second year, the competition will kick off with a parliamentary reception tonight, followed by an awards ceremony on July 6 and a national tour of finalists’ artwork across Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and London.

The organisers, Beechwood College, hope it will demonstrate that art can greatly improve the lives of young people with autism and dispel myths that they cannot be creative. (They should have no problem achieving this if last year’s entries – some of which are pictured here – are anything to go by.)

Last year’s digital category was won by 18-year-old Sam Fitzgerald (top picture). His mother Lindsay said: “It is fantastic and inspirational to see that Sam’s skills have been recognised and that unnecessary barriers have been removed to enable his photography to be celebrated in public for all to see and enjoy.”

Camilla Pemberton, journalist,

About Camilla Pemberton, journalist,

Camilla Pemberton is Community Care's children's editor

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